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Pep Guardiola’s £300MILLION shopping list: Man City boss wants Kalidou Koulibaly and Joao Felix

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Pep Guardiola has been trusted with a transfer budget of £300million to help improve Manchester City‘s squad as he targets Premier League success next season.

City announced the signing of Ferran Torres from Valencia on Tuesday and have also agreed a deal for Bournemouth‘s Nathan Ake.

But Guardiola has also added Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid‘s Joao Felix to his summer wishlist.

Pep Guardiola has been trusted with a transfer budget of £300million to improve his squad

Pep Guardiola has been trusted with a transfer budget of £300million to improve his squad

City confirmed the signing of Ferran Torres of Valencia for £37m on Tuesday afternoon

City confirmed the signing of Ferran Torres of Valencia for £37m on Tuesday afternoon

Terms have also been agreed with Nathan Ake after Bournemouth accepted an offer of £41m

Terms have also been agreed with Nathan Ake after Bournemouth accepted an offer of £41m

According to The Athletic, Guardiola is also interested in bringing in a £100m striker, who the club are said to have tracked for the last year and a half.

Torres joined City for £37m with Sportsmail of the understanding that nearly £21m has been paid upfront.

The winger, who has signed on a five-year contract, is part of Guardiola’s attacking rebuild following the departure of Leroy Sane.

Guardiola is keen on signing Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly to further bolster his defensive line

Guardiola is keen on signing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly to further bolster his defensive line

Ake, who is understood to have agreed personal terms with City after Bournemouth accepted an offer of £41m, fits the bill for the type of defender Guardiola wants. 

But signing Koulibaly, worth £60m, would finally see City fill the void left by Vincent Kompany following his departure last year.

Felix, who would cost around £80m, would arguably be the signing of the summer should Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho not come to fruition. 

CITY’S £300M SHOPPING LIST 

Ferran Torres (Valencia): £37m

Nathan Ake (Bournemouth): £41m

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli): £60m

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid): £80m

Striker: £100m

Total: £318m 

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Atletico Madrid wonderkid Joao Felix is also on Guardiola's £300m summer transfer wishlist

Atletico Madrid wonderkid Joao Felix is also on Guardiola’s £300m summer transfer wishlist

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Juventus vs Sampdoria: Live stream, TV channel, team news, and kick-off time from Serie A clash

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JUVENTUS begin their Serie A title defence at home against Sampdoria this weekend.

All eyes will be on new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo who will take charge of the Serie A champions for the first time.

Pirlo will take the helm at Juve in his first Serie A match this weekend

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Pirlo will take the helm at Juve in his first Serie A match this weekendCredit: Reuters

What time does Juventus vs Sampdoria kick off?

Juve vs Sampdoria will take place on Sunday, September 20.

The game will kick off at 7.45pm.

It will be held in the Allianz Stadium.

What channel is it on?

The match will be shown on Premier Sports or the Live Score app.

Premier Sports is available through your TV for both Sky and Virgin customers.

If you are not a Sky Sports or Virgin can watch Premier Sports online on Premier Player.

What is the latest team news?

Juventus

Juve will be without Argentina international Paulo Dybala and Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt are both out with injuries.

Winger Federico Bernardeschi also remains a doubt for this game.

Sampdoria

Sampdoria will be without midfielder Kristoffer Askildsen, who is suspended, and Felice D’Amico is out with an injury.

Juventus squad including Cristiano Ronaldo’s salaries revealed and just THREE players earn less than new boss Pirlo

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David Moyes says West Ham should have been given a penalty for Gabriel incident 

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West Ham manager David Moyes is adamant that his side should have been awarded a penalty against Arsenal.

The Hammers ended up with nothing to show for their efforts at Emirates Stadium, with Eddie Nketiah scoring a late winner for the Gunners, who prevailed 2-1.

Moyes felt that Arsenal defender Gabriel should have been penalised after appearing to handle Tomas Soucek’s header. 

West Ham manager David Moyes is adamant his side should have been awarded a penalty

West Ham manager David Moyes is adamant his side should have been awarded a penalty

Speaking after the game, Moyes told Sky Sports: ‘Yeah I think we should have had a penalty. They’re saying something to do with his sleeve, it hits the boy’s arm. Even with the old rules we’d still be saying it’s a penalty but we don’t know the rules really.’

West Ham fell behind to a goal from Alexandre Lacazette but managed to pull level when Michail Antonio scored just before half time.

West Ham fared considerably better than they did against Newcastle last time out, and Moyes felt that his side certainly deserved to at least take a point from proceedings. 

Moyes felt that Arsenal defender Gabriel should have been penalised for handling the ball

Moyes felt that Arsenal defender Gabriel should have been penalised for handling the ball

He said: ‘It is a tough result. The players did really well, to not to be rewarded with some points is hard on us.’ 

‘We switched off when we shouldn’t of but made good chances but couldn’t take them.’

Earlier in the game West Ham had another penalty appeal turned down, with Gabriel bringing down Jarrod Bowen.  

Moyes was frustrated that his side weren’t able to remain fully focused for the entirety of the game, and lamented the lapse in concentration which was punished by Nketiah. 

Moyes was hugely frustrated with how his players switched off in the closing stages

Moyes was hugely frustrated with how his players switched off in the closing stages

Moyes said: ‘Some weeks you won’t play well, hopefully since I’ve come in we’ve been a good team. We want to get better and not accept losing. 

‘We turned off in the last minute, some of the boys did an unbelievable job to put us in that position, but turning off in the last few minutes is criminal.’

West Ham are back in action on Tuesday when they host Hull in the Carabao Cup before taking on Wolves in the Premier League five days later.  

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New signing Kai Havertz is the donkey-loving piano player who can get a tune out of Chelsea

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He is the donkey-loving, piano-playing 21-year-old from the ancient border town of Aachen in Germany, where he is hailed as the best creative player in a generation, a Mesut Ozil in the making.

He made his Bundesliga debut at 17 while he was still studying at school, meaning his mum, Anne, a lawyer and his dad, Ralf, a police inspector, fretted that the workload of competing in the Champions League and staying in education would prove too much.

In the end, it was Roger Schmidt, then Bayer Leverkusen coach, who prevailed on him to continue. And it was the club’s school liaison assistant who pointed out to Kai Havertz that if he gave up now he would lay down a marker for the rest of his life: when things got tough, it would be easier to give up.

New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has a soft spot for donkeys and plays the piano

New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz has a soft spot for donkeys and plays the piano

Havertz is capable of making a major impact following his move to Chelsea

Havertz is capable of making a major impact following his move to Chelsea

So Havertz missed a Champions League tie at Atletico Madrid to take his Abitur exams, the German equivalent of A Levels. And he appears to have also learnt the value of perseverance as he is now at the heart of the team Frank Lampard is building at Chelsea, the most expensive German ever after his £72 million move from Leverkusen.

He grew up watching a midfielder, Michael Ballack, at Leverkusen and then in the blue of Chelsea. While Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid have shown passing interest in his talents, it was Lampard and Chelsea who made the biggest impression by consistently insisting he was the man for them.

‘The coach has a big impact on my decision,’ said Havertz, handling a Zoom call in English with aplomb, demonstrating the value of that grammar school-equivalant education. ‘For me, I’ve loved Chelsea my whole life. I always watched the team as a kid so it was not a tough decision for me.

Havertz says that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was hugely influential in getting him to join

Havertz says that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was hugely influential in getting him to join

‘It was always important that a club comes to me or my agent and says: “You are the player and we want you and we do everything for you. Please come to us.” Of course we had in the last years some conversations with other clubs as well and that’s normal. But in the end Chelsea give me everything.’

Schmidt put him on the path to this move by giving him his debut for Leverkusen at Werder Bremen in October 2016.

Havertz, a youth team player at the time, wasn’t part of the first-team squad so was enjoying a quiet Saturday morning breakfast in the large family home in the village of Mariadorf when the phone rang. 

Roger Schmidt, who managed Leverkusen, encouraged Havertz to persist with football

Roger Schmidt, who managed Leverkusen, encouraged Havertz to persist with football

It was Schmidt: Lars Bender, their midfield star, was injured, and they needed him in Bremen immediately to sit on the bench. Mum dashed him off to Leverkusen, where a club chauffeur drove him to Bremen. The family curiously tuned in to see their schoolboy son take his position on the bench, only to be left a little stunned when the commentators announced he was coming on as a late sub in the 83rd minute.

For Lampard, this has been a curious wooing process, conducted in lockdown, where Zoom calls became the norm. But he had the advantage of some inside knowledge: Timo Werner is a friend of Havertz and the pair are forging a partnership for the German national team.

‘I was able to have some conversations with Kai as the buying process happened,’ said Lampard. ‘I did as much watching of him as I could. By that time, Timo had arrived at the club and Timo and Kai are pretty close, so I could ask Timo quite a lot about him. Again, I was very struck in the first conversations I had with Kai about his humility and how he is as a person, which I love.’

Havertz revealed that he always dreamed of having a donkey and also enjoys playing the piano

Havertz revealed that he always dreamed of having a donkey and also enjoys playing the piano

So what of the quirkier side to Havertz? The donkeys, for instance. ‘From my first years, my favourite animal was always the donkey. It was always a dream for me some day to have one of these.’

Eventually his parents brought him sponsorship of a rescued donkey at a sanctuary and now he is a wholehearted supporter. ‘It’s a good opportunity to help save donkeys from the butcher or the circus. It will be a big project for me.

The piano playing was inspired by older brother, Jan, taking up the guitar. ‘I wanted to do the same and learn an instrument and that’s the reason I started the piano.’

And though he admired Ballack, his childhood hero was Erik Meijer. Yes, that Meijer, who had an inglorious spell at Sunday’s opponents.

‘He played in my childhood team [Alemannia Aachen] so it was nice to see him play. I know he played for Liverpool but I think I made the right decision to play for Chelsea.’

Presumably, his output will surpass Meijer’s at Anfield.

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